GREENVILLE, SC - According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain on the base of the heel.
Symptoms include stabbing foot pain, usually early in the morning.
"I often find people smart and realize stretching helps but they're not doing it enough," he said.
"When you come in to see me, we're giving you a stretching program that I'm really asking you to commit to 4 or 5 times a day for a minute." Dr. Womack said the dilligent stretching success rate is 90 per cent.
Those risks, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, include rupture of the plantar fascia, which can lead to a flat foot and chronic pain.
He has recommended wearing splints for the night which he says will stretch the tendons of the plantar fascia during sleep.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends calf stretches against a wall for people with plantar fasciitis, and the plantar fascia stretch, which is done from a seated position.
Calf stretch Lean forward with one knee straight against a wall, and the heel on the ground.
Push your hips towards the wall in a controlled fashion to stretch the muscles of the calf and the cord of the heel.
During the stretch, a strong pull in the calf should be felt.
Plantar fascia stretch In the seated position this stretch is performed.
Cross over your other leg's knee your affected foot.
Take your painful foot's toes and pull them slowly in a controlled fashion towards you.
When stretched the fascia should feel like a tight band at the bottom of your foot.
Risk factors for plantar fasciitis, according to the AAOS, include high foot arches, obesity, tighter calf muscles that make it difficult to bend your foot and bring your toes up to your shine, repetitive impact activity like running, and new or increased physical activity.
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